EFFECT OF YOGA ON DEPRESSION AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN DRUG ABUSERS

Naorem Jiteswori Devi, Thongam Benji Singh, *P. Subramanya

Abstract


Background: Drug abuse including alcohol may lead to health problems, social problems, morbidity, injuries, unprotected sex, violence, deaths, motor vehicle accidents, homicides, suicides, physical dependence or psychological addiction. Objectives: To study the efficacy of yoga on Quality of life of drug abusers and to study the efficacy of Yoga on measures of depression of drug abusers. Methods and Materials: 66 drug abused males with the mean age of 32.50±9.86 years participated in the randomized control trial pre and post study. BDI-II and WHOQOL-BREF were used to assess depression score and quality of life before and after. Statistical analysis: Shapiro - Wilk, Wilcoxon signed rank test and Mann Whitney test were used for analyzing the data with the help of SPSS 16. Results: There was significant reduction after yoga intervention in depression scores (BDI-II) (p=0.000) and significant increase in Quality of life Domain 1, 2 and 3 (p=0.000, p=0.043, p=0.015). There was no significant increase in QOL Domain 4 (p=0.089). Regarding wait list control group, after the intervention programme, there was significant reduction in depression score, (p=0.040) and no significant increase in QOLBREF score in all four domains. Conclusion: Thus this study has shown that Yoga practice can help in reducing depression symptoms and increased quality of life in drug abuser.


Keywords


Yoga Therapy, Alcohol Abusers, Drug abusers, Depression, Quality of Life.

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